|Yesterday 02:49 PM|
When I got Draco he was on Purina Pro Plan Select, we tried switching to Solid Gold Wolf Cub but it didn't agree with him, then we tried Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream and that had too many purines for him (Dalmatian issue) and caused skin issues so we switched to Natural Balance's Lamb Meal and Brown Rice only to find out that that was also too high in purines so we switched to Wellness Complete Health and he is doing amazing on it. We didn't give up on good quality kibbles, we kept trying until we found one that agreed with him.
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|Yesterday 02:27 PM|
|Yesterday 01:41 PM|
Only my opinion and experience. I don't like it. Titan was suggested to try it for his allergies, different ones, and became completely lethargic on it. No interest in playing, no spunk, no anything. It was like the lights went out. Took him off it, and clearly he is back to himself. lol.
I have known others to do very well n it, but I try to stay away from it if I can. I now look at ingredients, not necessarily brand anymore, though.
|Yesterday 12:39 PM|
As with many things, it depends. If it was the only food that my dog did well on, then I would stick with it. Otherwise, I don't consider it a good food. The prescription diets can help in some instances, but not always.
My experience with Science Diet: One of my cats developed UTI a few years ago. To help clear it she went on the Science Diet Urinary Tract health food for the duration of a bag - it worked great for her, and no more recurrences. She is back on regular cat food.
My dog started having seasonal allergies a couple of years ago. Now the allergies seem to be year-round. I was looking into allergy testing when the vet thought we should eliminate the possibility of food allergies before moving forward, and recommended the Science Diet analergenic food. Gryff is fed raw, but in the big scheme of things, I felt that a couple of months on kibble won't do any harm, so agreed to try it.
Well, two weeks into the SD his back broke out in the most horrible, pustulating, oozy, ugly hot spots! At least a dozen, in huge clusters. Seems to have happened overnight.
Took him off the SD immediately and his back is healing up nicely one week later.
So it worked fine for my cat, caused a nasty reaction on my dog - as a prescription diet for specific conditions, it is worth a try.
As a regular diet, I won't go near it again!
|Yesterday 10:27 AM|
|Yesterday 09:48 AM|
|SusiQ||I used A/D for my female post surgery after having half her bottom jaw removed due to OS. It was phenomenal in helping her gain her weight back and increase her appetite. Happy to report that it's been almost a year post op and she is cancer-free and healthy.|
|Yesterday 12:29 AM|
|Yesterday 12:12 AM|
Then I started working at an animal hospital, and I have to admit...the prescription diets are pretty **** decent. They really help. The maintenance foods are meh-OK. I really have not seen any problems, even with dogs boarding for weeks eating this "crap" who eat it their whole lives.
And any of you are welcome to clean up after a dog w/GI issues repeatedly and then notice it stops once you start giving it i/d. That one alone deserves respect at least.
|02-03-2014 08:02 PM|
If they don't carry it, maybe you can ask if they'd start to order it. If they already carry the regular stuff, I'd think it wouldn't be that big of a deal. It's worth asking.
|02-03-2014 08:00 PM|
If you look on the puppy food section on these forums, Ken did a spreadsheet that has calcium/phos levels of dog food. I think Diamond Naturals was fine, but check to be sure. I feed Dr Tims and levels are fine with the Kinesis grain inclusive. It is chicken based though, and the vet was wondering whether the new pup had some allergies, so I was thinking of changing foods to another protein based food and managed to get myself all confused - lol.
The pup's ears have settled down anyway, so we're sticking with Dr Tim's for now.
I was really thinking about how the higher levels of some of the foods - especially grain free ones, affects older animals.
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